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Movie review written by Jon Patch with 4 out of 4 paws

Blinded by the Light

New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Pictures, Bend It Films, Ingenious Media, Levantine Films and Rakija Films present a PG-13, 117 minute, inspired by a true story, Drama, Music, Comedy, directed by Gurinder Chadha and written by Chadha and Paul Mayeda Berges with a theater release date of August 14, 2019.

Review written by Jon Patch with 3.5 out of 4 paws

Goodbye Christopher Robin

Fox Searchlight Pictures, TSG Entertainment and DJ Films present a PG, 107 minute, Biography, Family, History film directed by Simon Curtis, written by Frank Cottrell Boyce and Simon Vaughan with a theatre release date of October 27, 2017.

Review written by Jon Patch with 3 out 4 paws

The Glass Castle

Lionsgate and Netter Productions present a PG-13, 127 minute, based on a true story, Biography, Drama, directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, written by Cretton and Andrew Lanham with a theater release date of August 11, 2017.

Review written by Jon Patch with 3.5 out of 4 paws

Nocturnal Animals

Universal Pictures, Focus Features and Fade to Black Productions present a 117 minute, R rated, Drama, Thriller, directed and screenplay by Tom Ford, based on the novel “Tony and Susan” by Austin Wright with a theater release date of November 23, 2016.

Review written by Jon Patch with 3.5 paws out of 4

Papa Hemingway in Cuba

Sunstone Film Productions and Yari Film Group present an R rated, 109 minute, Biography, Drama, directed by Bob Yari and written by Denne Bart Petitclerc with a theater release date of April 29, 2016.

Modern Man Films, Anonymous Content and Kilburn Media present a 106 minute, R rated, Drama, directed by James Ponsoldt, screenplay by Donald Margulies and book by David Lipsky with a theater release date of July 31, 2015.

Children Go Face-to-Face with a Giant Pacific Octopus!

Wildlife photographer and environmental educator David FitzSimmons is on a mission to get children to fall in love with animals of the ocean by making reading as engaging and educational as a swim in the sea. His new book, Curious Critters Marine, the third book in his popular Curious Critters series, is being released on April 22, Earth Day 2015. And it’s bound to make a splash!

FitzSimmons is at the forefront of environmental education. He produces exquisitely-detailed, up-close photography of amazing animals that inhabit the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, as well as the Gulf of Mexico. Through stunning photography, children go face-to-face with animals ranging from a spectacular spoonbill to an incredible blue lobster, from a tufted puffin to an upside-down jellyfish, and from a baby sea turtle to a giant Pacific octopus.

Children are mesmerized as they stare eye-to-eye with a crab, a cormorant, or an octopus. I try to photograph the animals on eye-level so kids can connect emotionally with the critters,” said FitzSimmons. “The goal is to foster children’s biophilia—to get young readers to fall in love with nature.”

And fall in love they do—with a cadre of curious animals. “Up to ninety percent of kids’ dreams are about animals. My books allow children to experience nature, particularly animals, through reading,” said FitzSimmons. “Of course, peering at a sea star in a tidal pool or hearing a cormorant call along the coast are great ways for children to connect with nature. But these experiences should be supplemented with nature reading.”

Adding to the fun photography is playful prose accompanying each critter. As the animals posed for portraits, David imagined them talking to him. Then he wrote down what they had to say.

The cushion sea star, for example, serenades readers with stanzas set to “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.”

Look at me, a bright sea star,

out beyond the big sand bar.

Crawling in the shallow sea,

tiny tube feet carry me

out to join a galaxy

of sea stars that look like me.

A crabby calico crab bemoans his thankless role as a detritivore: “I’m the one down here devouring loads of decaying debris, and nobody applauds my efforts. Without recyclers like me, can you imagine what the ocean would look like? Why, we’d be wallowing in whale waste and covered in crumbling kelp.”

The tufted puffin revels in romance : “I love getting all dressed up—putting on my best black feathers, brightening up my bill, and growing two feather plumes—all for my lovely lady.”

And an agile gray angelfish waxes poetic about life on the reef:

Swim so happily angelfish.

Give you little fins a swish.

Twist and turn within the reef.

Nibble sponges with your teeth.

Other creatures also offer their insights into marine world. The spike-covered Atlantic horseshoe crab explains that a sharp shell has allowed this spider-relative to survive since “long before dinosaurs were around.” A baby loggerhead sea turtle tiredly talks about his march from nest to sea after hatching. And the blue American lobster points out that, while most of his crustacean compatriots are “brown or dark green,” he is a rare “one-in-two-million blue gem of the sea.”

With mesmerizing images and inviting prose, Curious Critters Marine is sure to whet the appetite of young children wishing to know more about North America’s salty waters. Additional material in the back of the book includes a Life-Size Silhouettes page, a Glossary, and a Natural History page, where readers learn that Atlantic horseshoe crabs have blue blood, that tufted puffins may carry up to sixty fish in their beaks at once, and that California sea cucumbers eat with their mouths and their rear ends!

FitzSimmons points out that oceans cover more than seventy percent of the Earth’s surface, yet humans have explored less than five percent of their waters. He believes that Curious Critters Marine may act as “a snorkel, fins, and mask,” allowing readers of all ages to “dive in!”

With Curious Critters Marine, you will find a wet and wonderful world awaits you.

Curious Critters Marine

by David FitzSimmons

List $16.95

Hardcover, Color illustrations throughout, 11 in. x 9.5 in., 32 pp.

ISBN 978-1-936607-72-3

Published by Wild Iris Publishing

Official Publication date April 22, 2015 (Earth Day)

Children’s Nonfiction (Ages 2-8).

www.curious-critters.com displays more Curious Critters photos and provides information about how FitzSimmons photographed the animals, as well as insight about how he write his books.

Curious Critters Volume One has sold over 100,000 copies and won six national book awards, including the coveted Independent Book Publishers Association’s Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book.

About the Author -- DAVID FITZSIMMONS

David FitzSimmons is an award-winning free-lance photographer and writer. David photographs and writes for various magazines, including Outdoor Photographer, Popular Photography, ProfessionalPhotographer, and Shutterbug. His 100+ calendar credits include numerous titles by BrownTrout and Barnes & Noble. David’s most recent publications include Animals of Ohio’s Ponds and Vernal Pools, Curious Critters, which has won five national book awards and sold over 100,000 copies to-date, and Curious Critter Volume Two, as well as audiobooks for both Curious Critters titles. Forthcoming is Salamander Dance (Spring 2016), a children’s picture book exploring the annual life cycle of vernal pools, and the first two board books, Curious Critters Ohio and Curious Critters Michigan.

One of seven Sigma Pro photographers in North America, David presents seminars and workshops to a wide variety of audiences, from public school, college, and university classes to photography groups and civic organizations. His works have been exhibited at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, the National Center for Nature Photography, and the Telluride Photo Festival.

Before becoming a freelance photographer and author, David taught for over twenty years, first as high school English teacher and then as a university professor, having instructed at Ashland University, Ohio State University, and Cornell University. He holds a Ph.D. in English from Ohio State, with a specialty in narrative theory—investigating the components of storytelling—something that influences his photography and writing.

Learn more about David at www.fitzsimmonsphotography.com

Thirty years ago, Dee Wallace, a gifted young actress from the wilds of Kansas, dropped into Hollywood with hopeful expectations.  Two years later she landed the role of a lifetime and walked onto a soundstage knowing that playing Mary, the smart, funny young mother of Michael, Elliott and Gertie, was going to change her life.  
Born into a loving but impoverished family, Deanna Bowers was the bright, beautiful peacemaker of an alcoholic father and a mother who put aside her own dreams in order to support her husband and maintain a happy, stable home.  Like so many others who will relate to her childhood, Dee grew up under the push-pull pressure of wanting to perform and make her father proud - and happy enough not to drink - and at the same time remaining quiet and sweet so as not to give family anger a reason to surface.  With welcome clarity and honesty and without a trace of self-pity, she writes about these experiences as she was growing up, including her father's tragic suicide, and then shows how, until examined and reconciled, they kept cropping up again and again in her personal and professional life.  Even readers whose early lives were less dramatic and ultimately less tragic will be guided to recognize these same self-destructive patterns, and cheered to know their own bright lights, once uncovered and freed from fear, still burn.
Indeed, even with the unprecedented critical and popular success of “E.T.” and stellar reviews of her performance in it, the next years did not bring the expected acclaim and financial security.  Rather, they brought her the opportunity to leave fear behind as she somehow lived through the loss of her soul-mate, the knowledge of perfect love as she welcomed her long-awaited and only child, and the time to look at the life she had created and the ability to re-connect with her inner light and begin to create something new:  herself.  It wasn't the red carpet life she had expected, but it was so much better.
Wallace has never stopped working in film, television and stage, and has more than 130 films and scores of television roles and series to her credit.  She is currently among a handful of in-demand actresses for guest starring roles in TV drama.  Her irresistible presence on speaking forums and two top internet radio shows have made her a sought-after inspirational speaker, spiritual teacher and healer. 
Dee is a true tour de force, working with every kind of co-star from Cujo to Lassie, as well as countless directors, producers and some of Hollywood's biggest names, including Peter Jackson, Wes Craven, Joe Dante, Stephen King and Blake Edwards.  Ms. Wallace became an icon in the role that would define motherhood for a generation, as Mary in Stephen Speilberg's ET: The Extraterrestrial. Her 150 films range from some of the scariest to some of the funniest ever made, including Cujo, The Howling, 10, The Frighteners  and Critters.


She has starred in four television series and more than 400 commercials and is one of Hollywood's most sought-after TV guest stars including appearances in Grey's Anatomy; Cold Case; Without a Trace; Ghost Whisperer; My Name is Earl; Criminal Minds, Saving Grace, Law and Order, and The Office.  A beloved acting coach, she is also an internationally known healer, with two global radio shows and a series of healing seminars.  Her insight into the joy of “conscious creation” was one of the reasons she was led to share her knowing with a larger audience through Bright Light.  
In her recently released third book,  Bright Light (O-Books), she takes readers along on Wallace's emotional, spiritual and professional journey but even as we cheer for her triumphs and grieve for her unbearable losses, she doesn't allow us to sit on the sidelines as merely an audience to her life.  Rather she uses her journey as a metaphor for always expanding the lessons she experienced in her own life to a larger wisdom valuable for all of us.   Her gifted writing is inclusive, reaching out to connect with readers as with unflinching honesty she takes responsibility for the manifestation of pain and disappointments in her life, as well as the creation of love and happiness for its joys and successes.   And she beckons her readers, who almost imperceptibly recognize their own journey, to learn from the spiritual lessons, which are the focus of each chapter.

Link to Conscious Creation with Dee Wallace - http://www.voiceamerica.com/Show/1766

Her third book, BRIGHT LIGHT, the story of her own journey and healing will be published in late May. Please view the promo at - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYTpNpeO0lU


Dee in the Media:

Excerpt from "Unscripted" interview - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19_sWA5_VAE

NewsLA Feature: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RURu4UGdyzQ&feature=youtu.be
Headline News: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfQkROqP9o8
GMA - http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/dee-wallace-lessons-life-acting-13718450
KCAL - http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2011/08/02/behind-the-pages-of-actress-dee-wallaces-bright-light/


Her

Warner Bros. Pictures and Annapurna Pictures present a 126 minute, R rated, comedy, romance, drama, directed and written by Spike Jonze with a theater release date of January 10, 2014.

Lionsgate, Maven Pictures, Anonymous Content, Roadside Attractions and Ambush Entertainment present a 103 minute, PG-13, comedy, directed by Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini and written by Michelle Morgan with a theater release of July 19. 2013.

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